Holding therapy and the Sexual Identity Therapy Framework

In light of the Exodus statement regarding the techniques displayed by Richard Cohen in the media, I thought it good to point out that the sexual identity therapy framework specifically identifies "holding therapy" as being inappropriate. From the framework:Therapists should maintain professional boundaries in the therapeutic relationship. Therapists should follow ethical guidelines of their profession in conducting sexual identity therapy. Some approaches to sexual reorientation may blend … [Read more...]

Music video of the week: Coldplay – The Scientist

"Questions of science..." … [Read more...]

Montel Williams, Dr. Salzer and Abomination

During the Montel Williams Show called Homosexuality...Can it be cured?, Dr. Alicia Salzer said in response to Alan Chambers:...science has shown us that 96% of people cannot change and along the way, absorb an enormous amount of self-loathing, a lot of confusion, a lot of family conflict, so I know the harm.Surprised that she would make this dogmatic statement, I contacted the show to ask how she arrived at the 96% figure. The producer Melissa Borusso called to say Dr. Salzer relied on … [Read more...]

Exodus makes public statement regarding Richard Cohen

This statement was posted this afternoon on the Exodus International website:Statement on Richard CohenExodus International does not endorse the work of Richard Cohen or the methods utilized in his practice. Some of the techniques Mr. Cohen employs could be detrimental to an individual's understanding of healthy relational boundaries and disruptive to the psychological and emotional development of men and women seeking clinical counsel and aid.UPDATE: Alan Chambers has resigned from … [Read more...]

Richard Cohen responds to critics; apologizes for Daily Show

I just received this email from Richard Cohen, published here with permission:March 22, 2007International Healing FoundationTel. (301) 805-6111Greetings,I would like to address the questions that some friends have expressed in regard to some of the media appearances I’ve done recently, including Jimmy Kimmel Live, Paula Zahn Now, The Montel Show, and this week’s Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show on Comedy Central.I’ve chosen to do interviews on shows such as these in an eff … [Read more...]

Certified Sexual Reorientation Coach

In Richard Cohen's most recent media performance, he mentioned that he is a certified sexual reorientation coach. I looked this up on his website and learned that Richard is the lead certifier and, at present, probably the only CSRC in the world. That may soon change however, as the training program to become a CSRC begins this month and is open to "counselors, clergy, coaches and ministry leaders." Becoming a CSRC involves the following:The Counselor’s Training Program is for therapists, c … [Read more...]

Richard Cohen on the The Daily Show

It's like deju vu all over again. Wanna be a CSRC? I kept wondering when Donnie Davies was going to appear.UPDATE: 3/22/07 Randy Thomas of Exodus weighs in on the Daily Show appearance. The comments on his posts are interesting as well.Also, You Tube has taken the video down as a result of their dispute with Viacom over copyrighted content. … [Read more...]

Accurate public statements: A Montel post-mortem

Since last Thursday's Montel Williams Show, I have called show producers and emailed the show several times asking them for research to support a statement made by psychiatrist Alicia Salzer in reference first to Alan Chambers' story and then to change therapies in general. She said:This is marketing; this is not science: Science has shown us that 96% of people cannot change and along the way, absorb an enormous amount of self-loathing, a lot of confusion, a lot of family conflict, so I know … [Read more...]